Hugehaul of pot discovered

Published on Thu, Nov 18, 2004 by ack Kintner

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Huge haul of pot discovered

By Jack Kintner

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized an estimated $5.6 million worth of marijuana last Saturday at the truck crossing in Blaine. The contraband was tightly packed in plastic bags and had been stuffed in the midst of other truck cargo, bags of wood shavings destined for California. The load was examined at the crossing and an area in the middle of the load drew the interest of inspectors.

“We brought all our tools to bear on it,” said Mike Milne of the Seattle office of CBP, “including the dogs, and found one of the bigger hauls we’ve seen in a while.”

Milne said that the driver was not held, though the truck, trailer and cargo all were seized. The marijuana will be taken to an incinerator in the Sumas area to be burned and destroyed. No one has yet been arrested, said Milne, but inspectors from both U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and from the Royal Mounted Canadian Police (RCMP) are checking in to where the cargo came from and investigating other aspects of the smuggling attempt.

“It’s a load of the best,” Milne said, it’s “B.C. bud, which is why it’s worth so much.”